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Since the midth century, gang violence in this country has become widespread—all 50 states and the District of Columbia report gang problems, and reports have increased for 5 of the past 7 years. Despite the steady growth in the number and size of gangs across the United States and the criminal behavior and violence they spawn, little is known about the dynamics that drive gangs and how to best combat their growth. For instance, no consensus exists on how gangs form, and few gang prevention programs have been rigorously evaluated. The author examines how community members can begin to assess their gang problems and provide necessary enhancements to prevention and intervention activities.
Statistics suggest that teenagers joining gangs is a serious problem in cities. According to statisticsteens ages 13 to 18, make up a large percentage of the gang demographic across the United States, while young adults from 19 to 24 make up almost an equal amount. The sad truth is that teenagers "need" gangs, and gangs need teenagers.
During the first half of the s, the number of gangs in the United States multiplied more than sixfold, from 4, in to an estimated 31, in In the first survey, 58 percent of the law enforcement agencies reported the existence of youth gangs in their communities. Since then, the numbers have fallen slightly, to 53 percent inand to 51 percent in
Teen gang violence affects nearly one-third of all communities in the U. Even though gang-related violence doesn't always get reported because of the fear of repercussions, enough statistical data show how troublesome it is. Teen gang violence isn't always about drugs and money.
This information sheet is part of a series on youth gangs. It includes highlights from the Canadian Police Survey on Youth Gangs as well as other sources of information on youth gangs. To implement effective prevention and intervention strategies, we must start by understanding the nature and scope of the youth gang problem.
Why People Join. Risk Factors A recent Advancement Project report identified six major risk factors that contribute to gang involvement in urban environments:. These risk factors increase the odds that a young person will join a gang, but is not a guarantee as we see members joining from suburbs and seemingly stable family environments. The reasons why young people join gangs can vary from simple to more complex.